Peret

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Peret
Aankomst Spaanse zanger Peret op Schiphol, Peret met gouden plaat, Bestanddeelnr 925-1520.jpg
Peret in 1971
Background information
Birth name Pedro Pubill Calaf
Born (1935-03-24)24 March 1935
Mataró (Barcelona), Spain
Died 27 August 2014(2014-08-27) (aged 79)
Barcelona, Spain
Genres Catalan rumba
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, composer, musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1957–2014
Website peret.es
Peret performing in 2007

Pedro Pubill Calaf (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo] Catalan pronunciation: [puˈβiʎ kəˈɫaf]; 24 March 1935 – 27 August 2014),[1][2] better known as Peret, was a Spanish Romani singer, guitar player and composer of Catalan rumba from Mataró (Barcelona).

Known for his 1971 single, "Borriquito" (Ariola Records), Peret represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with the song "Canta y sé feliz" and performed during the closing ceremony at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[3] In 2001, Peret recorded and released Rey De La Rumba (King of the Rumba) an album of updated versions of his older songs with guest musicians including Jarabe de Palo, El Gran Silencio, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and more.

In 1982 Peret withdrew from the music industry, joining the Iglesia Evangélica de Filadelfia, a large religious community of the Spanish Roma (gypsies) devoting himself in the following years exclusively to preaching and religious activities. After leaving the church in 1991, he resumed his music activity and recorded new albums. In 1992, he was honored for all his body of work when he sang as representative of Catalonia at the Olympic Games in Barcelona during the closing ceremonies.

Peret died in Barcelona in 2014 from lung cancer, aged 79.[2][4]

Discography[edit]

Vinyl albums[edit]

  • 1967: Peret (Discophon)
  • 1968: Rumba pa'ti (Discophon)
  • 1968: Una lágrima (Vergara)
  • 1969: Lamento gitano (Discophon)
  • 1969: Gipsy Rhumbas (Discophon)
  • 1970: Canta para el cine (Vergara)
  • 1971: Borriquito (Ariola)
  • 1972: Una lágrima (Ariola)
  • 1973: Mi santa (Ariola)
  • 1974: Lo mejor de Peret (Ariola)
  • 1974: Peret y sus gitanos (EMI)
  • 1974: Canta y sé feliz (Ariola)
  • 1978: Saboreando (Ariola)
  • 1978: Lágrimas negras (Ariola)
  • 1978: El joven Peret (CBS)
  • 1980: El jilguero (Belter)
  • 1981: De cap a la palla (Belter)
  • 1988: ]'De coco a la paja (Belter)

CD albums[edit]

  • 1991: No se pué aguantar (PDI)*
  • 1992: Gitana hechicera (PDI)*
  • 1992: Rumbas de la clausura a co-album with Los Manolos and Los Amaya (PDI)*
  • 1993: Cómo me gusta (PDI)*
  • 1995: Que disparen flores (PDI)*
  • 1996: Jesús de Nazareth (PDI)*
  • 2000: Rey de la Rumba (Virgin)
  • 2007: Que levante el dedo (K Industria Cultural)
  • 2009: De los cobardes nunca se ha escrito nada (Universal Music)

*Re-released in 2008 by Picap

Posthumous albums[edit]

  • 2014: Des del Respecte / Desde el Respeto (Satélite K)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1079: El cancionero nº 1 (Belter)
  • 1982: El forat (Impacto) (Cassette release - Side A in Catalan, side B tracks from De cap a la palla and De coco a la paja)
  • 1989: Rumbas de oro (Divucsa)
  • 1990: Peret es la rumba (Ariola)
  • 1994: La vida por delante (Sony/BMG)
  • 1996: Siempre Peret (PDI)
  • 1998: Sus grabaciones en Discophon (Rama Lama/Blanco y Negro)
  • 2000: Don Toribio Carambola (Arcade)
  • 2000: Chica Vaivén (Sony/BMG)
  • 2000: Número 1 en rumba (PDI)
  • 2001: La salsa de la rumba (Sony/BMG)
  • 2004: Singles Collection (Divucsa)
  • 2006: Mano a mano (Divucsa)
  • 2008: Sus 20 grandes éxitos (O.K.)

Singles[edit]

(Selective international hits)

  • 1971: "Borriquito"
  • 1971: "Voy voy"
  • 1972: "Ni fu ni fa"
  • 1973: "El mosquito"
  • 1974: "Canta y sé feliz"
  • 1988: "Borriquito" (Mix)

other hits:

  • 1964: "Sapore di sale" / "Salomé" / "Qué suerte" / "Si yo fuera" (Discophon), 1964)
  • 1965: "Jugando" / "Caliente" (Ariola, 1975)
  • 1978: "Saboreando"
  • 1980: "Pa amb oli" / "De cap a la palla" (Belter)
  • 1982: "El forat" / "Estem fotuts"
  • 2001: "Marujas asesinas" (Virgin)

Charts[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
NED
Dutch
Top 40
NED
Single
Top 100
GER
1971 "Borriquito" 1 1 1 Borriquito
"Voy voy" 22 16 -
1974 "Canta y sé feliz" Tip Canta y sé feliz

Filmography[edit]

  • 1969: Amor a todo gas
  • 1970: El meson del gitano
  • 1971: A mi las mujeres ni fu ni fa
  • 1973: Que cosas tiene el amor
  • 1974: Si fulano fuese mengano
Various supporting roles and extras
  • 1963: Los Tarantos
  • 1967: Las cuatro bodas de Marisol
  • 1968: El taxi de los conflictos
  • 1968: Un dia despues de agosto
  • 1969: Alma gitana
  • 2001: Marujas asesinas
  • 2008: Lazos rotos

Related bibliography[edit]

  • Peret, l'ànima d'un poble., by Cèlia Sànchez-Mústich. Edicions 62 (2005)[5]
  • Peret: Biografía de la Rumba Catalana., by Juan Puchades. Global Rhythm Press (2011).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juan Puchades: Biography from Peret's official site
  2. ^ a b RTVE (27 August 2014). "Muere Peret, el padre de la rumba catalana" (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Peret - obituary". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Peret, de memoria | Edición impresa | EL PAÍS". Elpais.com. 2005-03-06. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mocedades
with "Eres tú"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
1974
Succeeded by
Sergio y Estíbaliz
with "Tú volverás"